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Hollywood’s Favorite Diner Gets Another Web Shout Out

In the summer of 2010, LA freelance video editor Matthew Freund put together a mash-up of the many different film and TV scenes shot at downtown LA’s Quality Cafe. The piece got some nice pick-up at Gawker, Huffington Post and elsewhere, educating a legion of readers about just how ubiquitous this shooting location had become.


A cracked.com contributor decided it was time for a refresher this past Friday and judging by the millions of page views registered for “6 Places You’ll Recognize from the Background of Every Movie,” it was a good call. The West 7th Street establishment once doubled as both a diner and shooting location, but in recent years it has been used exclusively for filming. It ranks sixth on the Cracked countdown of all-purpose filming locales, followed by Vasquez Rocks and more.

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Matt Donnelly Exits LAT’s Ministry of Gossip

The beat will remain pretty much the same for entertainment journalist Matt Donnelly. But the Web traffic will be much larger, the reader comments harsher and there will now be, with any story, the walk-down-the-hall option of a synergistic TV appearance.

The Ministry of Gossip celebrity blogger got the official sendoff last night from boss Christie D’Zurilla and other LA Times colleagues, who all wished him the best of luck with new employers Yahoo! omg! and omg! Insider. The re-branded, cross-platform version of syndicated entertainment TV news magazine The Insider officially debuts January 7.

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Revamped Harper’s Bazaar Unveiled

The new Harper’s Bazaar, the magazine’s first redesign in 10 years, has been unveiled. Along with way too much Gwyneth Paltrow leg. Yes, that’s Paltrow on the cover, photographed by Terry Richardson.

Glenda Bailey, the magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, thought the actress was the perfect choice for the cover, despite the fact that the world has been overdosing on Paltrow since early 2010. ”It’s a very daring thing to do, where you don’t immediately see her face,” Bailey told WWD.

Daring? Daring would be putting Pee Wee Herman on the cover with that much skin showing. However, we do like all the white space. Inside WWD reports that Harper’s Bazaar has more changes, but retains its identity:

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Courteney Cox Is the New ‘Home Editor’ of Jane Pratt’s Website

Curbed is reporting that Courteney Cox has been named the new “Home Editor” of Jane Pratt‘s new website, xoJane.com, where, according to the press release, she “will be giving xoJane.com readers decorating advice and beauty tips.” Celebrities, what’s ours is yours. Including our jobs. Go on and take them!

Pratt has not only written often about her glittering circle of celebrity friends on her website, she has also been taking them on as contributors in various capacities. Courtney Love has a diary! David Arquette designed a shirt just for the site! And now Courteney Cox is an editor and a columnist! Gosh! In all seriousness though, loading up her site with celebrities doesn’t strike us as a bad move, although she may find it impossible to withstand the competition from Gwyneth Paltrow, who is turning into a media tidal wave and may be launching her own magazine. Pratt’s glory days were in the 1990s, and her celebrity friends represent that: while she’s gushing about hanging out with Michael Stipe, Paltrow, an A-List celebrity herself, is busy interviewing Jay-Z. But there is plenty of lingering 90s nostalgia, so perhaps Pratt has a niche.

Cox’s first post is on the site, in which she recommends a few beauty products that she uses, including a $9 dollar at-home hair dye, which is a nice suggestion because it’s cheap. Unlike, for example, Gwyneth Paltrow’s recommendation of giving someone a $1,400 leather weekend-getaway bag for Christmas on Goop.com.  In her author profile, Cox also answers a few hard-hitting questions like “I smell like: Orange Blossom meets Vanilla meets Coconut” and “I Have Faked An Orgasm (Yes/No): Not in as many years as I can remember.” (Cox did not choose these questions.) We don’t know how much work she’ll put into the site as “Home Editor,” but we wish her luck. Editing a website can be brutal.

Gwyneth Paltrow Goes Topless for Vanity Fair

Here at FishbowlNY we love to poke fun at Gwyneth Paltrow because, well, she makes it so damn easy. With that in mind, we thought we’d share with you that for some reason, she’s decided to go topless inside the August issue of Vanity Fair.

According to The Telegraph, it’s for a jewelry calendar, and as you can see, Paltrow is wearing some jewelry. So there you have it.

We’d love to blast Paltrow’s latest move, but the issue is probably going to sell well, and Paltrow no doubt was probably paid a huge chunk of cash to do this shoot. So this time all we’re going to say is this: You go girlfriend.

Glenn Close and Damages Cast Celebrate Season Four

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— DIANE CLEHANE

Before dashing off to their summer cottages in the Hamptons for the long holiday weekend, the media mavens and moguls were at their regular perches at Michael’s today for a bit of last minute networking. It was SRO at the bar and the dining room was jam packed, because the Garden Room was reserved for a party hosted by the cast of Damages, the water cooler legal drama starring Glenn Close as a ruthless Manhattan attorney.

Last year, FX cancelled the show after three seasons, but it got a stay of execution from Direct TV which will air the season four premiere on July 13. I caught up with the series’ co-creator and show runner Daniel Zelman (who happens to be Debra Messing‘s husband, in case you didn’t know) before the party to find out what he thought of the move. “FX was wonderful and terrifically supportive, and Direct TV has been great. We’re thrilled about their commitment to the show,” he told me, adding that Damages will be the first stateside television series to air exclusively on the company’s new Audience Network. (They also aired the beloved but viewer deprived Friday Night Lights, which they shared with NBC.)

I asked Daniel what ripped-from-the-headlines news story would serve as the inspiration for the upcoming season. “The privatization of  war industry,” he told me, saying that the new scripts are “loosely based” on those stories about for-hire firms like Blackwater who are paid to go to Iraq and Afghanistan. “The stories behind the for-profit companies involved in the war effort are very interesting. There is a lot to explore,” he said.  Last season’s scalding Shakespearean version of  the Madoff saga certainly made for very compelling human drama, and Daniel says that while there is no single larger than life figure this season, faithful viewers will be rewarded. “At the end of it, we hope they feel like they’ve been watching a 13-hour movie and feel satisfied with their investment.” With a stellar cast (all in attendance today) headed by Close, Rose Byrne (loved you in Bridesmaids!), John Goodman and Dylan Baker, we’re sure viewers will have plenty to chew on. We’ll be watching.

I had a lively lunch today with Self’s editor-in chief Lucy Danziger who arrived on her scooter with entertainment director Laura Brounstein. Rounding out our foursome was Huffington Post’s new women’s editor Lori Leibovich who is busy these days getting ready to launch a host of new verticals including ones devoted to parenting, baby boomers and pets.

Lucy just celebrated her 10th anniversary at Self , and she’s more energized than ever. She gave Lori and me a quick tour of Self’s July issue with cover girl Zooey Deschanel on the magazine’s iPad App which featured videos of fashion spreads with Cobra Starship set to music and stop action video demonstrating the exercise moves in the fitness features. This being ‘The Music Issue,’ Lucy and her team came up with some clever ways to get readers’ heart rates up, including playlists designed to motivate and slim them down. “Music is scientifically proven to be a powerful fitness tool,” she says. Just ask May’s cover girl Gwyneth Paltrow.

It was clear from seeing Lucy zip her way around her iPad during lunch that she has completely embraced her magazine’s digital doppelganger (which just launched in April with cover girl Kim Kardashian hosting live chats) and sees it as a way to connect with her readers like never before.  ”The print magazine is great. It refreshes a reader’s commitment on a monthly basis,” she explained. “But we can reach the same reader every day with something new with our App. We refresh our content every day and are constantly coming up with new ways to make our readers feel more involved. We had three million uniques last month and, in the digital world, we can reach those readers 24/7.”

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1.  Lucy Danziger, Laura Brounstein, Lori Leibovich and yours truly

2. Peter Brown

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong and Sherrie Westin

4.  PR scion Steve Rubenstein

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Gwyneth Paltrow Joins Twitter and Facebook

Gwyneth Paltrow has interviewed Jay-Z, written a cookbook, starred in movies, launched a newsletter, sang country songs and graced the cover of Bon Appétit. Obviously feeling unsatisified with how much Paltrow is in our world, today she joined Twitter and Facebook.

Her first tweet is a link to a video of herself looking for a cab because that is something we should all know about. Her first update on Facebook? It’s a link to the exact same video. Apparently Paltrow is already quite the whiz with social networking.

If you’ve ever caught yourself thinking “I wish I had more Paltrow in my life” or “Why am I sad all the time?” you might want to “like” her Facebook page or follow her on Twitter. But don’t expect her to follow you back. After all she is Gwyneth Paltrow, and you are you.

Gwyneth Paltrow Graces Cover of Bon Appétit

Adam Rapoport said recently that Bon Appétit is a business,” and judging from the June cover, he meant what he said.  In what must be a move by Rapoport to attract readers who don’t particularly care what’s in a puttanesca sauce unless someone famous is making it, the ubiquitous Gwyneth Paltrow is pictured on the front of the latest issue.

As Grub Street points out – who knows if this will actually end up luring more readers. And even if it does, by putting Paltrow on the cover, Bon Appétit might end up alienating some of its loyal readers who are hardcore foodies:

We can’t imagine that the reader who maybe doesn’t love food and just wants some ideas for things to make for dinner is going to be swayed, nor is he or she going to be particularly interested in a story about where the guys who own Frankies like to eat while they’re in Denmark, another story in the June issue. Similarly, we’re wondering if the reader who is interested in something like that, or the magazine’s stories on Fergus Henderson and wild shrimp, would look to a magazine with Gwyneth Paltrow on the cover to get that information.

Those are good points, but one thing we do know is that celebrities help sell magazines. In fact, they help sell almost everything. So yeah, look for Gwyneth Paltrow dish soap coming to a bodega near you.

Gwyneth Paltrow Interviews “Coolest Man on Earth” Jay-Z About his New Website

Q: You are the coolest man on Earth, how the f did you get like that?

Yes, this is a question posed to Jay-Z by Gwyneth Paltrow about his new lifestyle website.

Paltrow, if you didn’t know, is a budding media mogul herself, with rumors circulating that she is launching a cooking magazine. She currently has a website and newsletter, Goop.com, which is known for making condescending, unintentionally hilarious lifestyle suggestions, like, as New York magazine noted, recommending giving someone a $1,400 leather weekend-getaway bag for Christmas. (Though in fairness, it’s probably not that different from the advice offered in many fashion magazines.)

Jay-Z dishes to Paltrow in the latest Goop newsletter about his famous inspirations, which include Mario Batali, Bob Marley, Basquiat, and Marc Jacobs. And as for “how the f” he became the coolest man on Earth?

I’m around great women, starting with my mom. Women keep men cool. The hotter the chick the cooler the guy … that sounds like a really bad rap line!

A New Direction for Bon Appétit?

The food magazine business has seen great success lately, as celebrity food lovers and chefs grace the covers, and shows tied to magazines, like Bravo’s Top Chef’s association with Food & Wine, become ever more popular.

But Bon Appétit was down 27 percent during the last six months of 2010 at the newsstand.

Adam Rapoport, new editor-in-chief of Bon Appétit, formerly of GQ, tells WWD that while the magazine has a 1.5 million circulation, “we should be selling more on the newsstand and making it pop more.”

We may be seeing a higher profile for Bon Appétit in the near future. Rapoport said publishing director Bill Wackermann is exploring TV opportunities for the magazine, and the New York Post reported that Gwyneth Paltrow will be on the cover of the next issue, no doubt as part of her plan for food magazine industry (and eventually world?) domination.

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